Going to school - on the World Wide Web

Going to school - on the World Wide Web

A Kolkata girl, Dipanjana, gets up early in the morning to pick the fruits of globalisation. That is not what she tells herself, of course, but it is exactly what she does.

Dipanjana finishes breakfast quickly so that she can follow an online course before heading out to her day job.

Dismayed by Kolkata's pollution, she is keen to deepen her understanding of how the problem is part of a global one.

She plants herself in front of her computer with headsets and logs on to the University of British Columbia site to listen to a lecture on global climate change that she has been following for weeks.

She is also planning to take more courses on environmental issues from the University of Edinburgh and University of Illinois.

With a few mouse clicks, Dipanjana has been surfing the world of learning for free. But like all innovations, online education has winners and losers.

The winners are obvious: knowledge seekers in developing countries and disadvantaged students in the developed world. 

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